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Parks and Recreation

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve News
Construction of on-site improvements is substantially complete. Access drive construction and the fabrication of interpretive signage have begun. The access drive will be closed until Galleria Drive improvements are complete and the road is open to the public.

Features

  • Parking areas
  • Bird viewing amenities/blinds
  • Interpretive and habitat areas
  • Loafing islands for bird nesting
  • Outdoor classrooms and meeting areas
  • Educational displays
  • Bird habitat improvements
  • Boardwalks to cross sensitive areas

Status
SNPLMA funded: trail: $1,858,560
City of Henderson Department of Utility Services funded: $100,000
Estimated completion: 2010
Size: 140 acres

Overview
Overlooking the evaporating ponds of the City of Henderson wastewater reclamation facility, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is home to thousands of migratory waterfowl as well as numerous resident desert birds. There are nine ponds available for birding. The current visitor center, located at 2400 Moser Dr., is the entry point for this area.

This project includes enhancements at the visitor center, outdoor classrooms, educational displays, bird viewing facilities, restrooms, and additional parking areas. Improvements at the visitor center will enhance educational opportunities for students, residents, and visitors from around the world. The visitor centerís long-term operations and maintenance will be provided by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Utility Services.

History
On May 20, 1998, the City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve was officially dedicated as an undisturbed and plentiful water source for nearly 200 species of birds. Local birders and nature lovers have visited the evaporating ponds for the past 20 years.